A senior member of the Comanchero bikie gang has been fined $1000 over a violent confrontation that was caught on CCTV at a high-end restaurant inside Crown’s new Barangaroo casino complex.
Tarek Zahed, a high-ranking figure in the gang’s Sydney chapter, was out on parole at the time and it was revoked after the charges were laid in January. A warrant was suddenly issued last week for the 40-year-old’s arrest, and he is now being hunted by NSW Police gangs squad detectives.
Zahed was initially charged with affray but this was then downgraded to the less serious charge of using violence to cause fear. He pleaded guilty and was convicted on February 10, ordered by Local Court Chief Magistrate Graeme Hanson to pay a $1000 fine.
Crown security cameras captured much of the January 16 incident at Italian restaurant a’Mare, recording Zahed walking to the bathroom with the victim, a man named Mohamed Aouli, and slapping and hitting him after a heated conversation.
According to police documents tendered in court, Zahed had been attending a large birthday celebration in a private room at the restaurant and was seated about 10 metres away from Aouli, who was with a separate group.
Sentencing Zahed last week, Judge Hanson told his lawyer, Mohammad Chahine, his client could not be described as a good citizen.
“I haven’t submitted that he was,” Mr Chahine responded.
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